How To Google Search

Posted at Friday, May 30, 2008

How To Google Search

This tutorial is going to cover both basic and advanced ways of searching google to get the answers you want. The reason I am posting this tutorial is because lately I have been seeing people saying that they cannot find the answer from google, which is rarely true. But then again, the only answers that I have not seen google answers are question that are so advanced that the people that would even think to search them know how to get help by other means. The questions that cannot be answered aren't usually even about "hacking" so those of you reading this tutorial, don't reference it saying "but XXX said that google couldn't answer my question" if your question is how to hack hotmail or myspace. You have to realize that when you search for these types of things, there is no quick answer, it involves reading, sometimes research, and sometimes logical thinking.

Terminology: (aka jargon) should be google'd. In the past few days from the time I wrote this tutorial someone asked what a Super User account was.

Now, I just went ahead and typed in Super User into (, the first result I got was a post from wikipedia, which is a very helpful website (

Now anyone with the time, effort, and question of what a Super User is will know, just by searching google.

Also, I just checked and searching SuperUser (note that google is not case sensitive, it's just the way I type) ( I still got the wikipedia page telling me what a SuperUser is.

Specific questions: should be google'd. Let's take the common question asked, How do I hack hotmail? I just typed it right into ( and this is the first result: read through that. If you have any questions about things you read in there that you do know about, reference the Terminology section of this tutorial.

A couple results down there was also this tutorial: behold the power of google, eh?

What about hacking myspace? ( now was that so hard?

Errors: should be google'd. Often times people will ask questions about errors in applications, code, etc... For specific errors or error messages, try google'ing exactly the error message, but in quote. So if the error message is: STOP 0x000000ED (0xaaaaaaaa,0xbbbbbbbb,0xcccccccc,0xdddddddd) UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME, you would search google for this: "STOP 0x000000ED (0xaaaaaaaa,0xbbbbbbbb,0xcccccccc,0xdddddddd) UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and yours results would be: see, not hard at all. Then after going through and finding a couple people that have had the same error, maybe some of them have found the solution for the error as well and have posted explanations on how to fix the errors.

Logical Searching: Know what goal you are trying to reach when searching google. Maybe you want to find an exploit for a certain application and you just can't find anything by searching google with "RealVNC exploit" so think to yourself, what is another way of finding what I want... Maybe searching, "RealVNC Vulnerabilities" and here are the results: s&btnG=Search it's very critical that you know how to logically phrase questions when searching google.

Another couple tricks that I will mention that I won't put under certain sections:

- Trying to download software, try searching this: RealVNC inurl:"download"
- Knowing the filename but not being able to find it: intitle:"index of /" "filename"
- Looking for certain things on a website: "word I am looking for" site:, example: "md5"

Hopefully after reading this tutorial you will have a better understanding of how to use google to obtain answers to the questions you have. Enjoy.